Bright Eyes is eyeing a spring 2007 release for its next Saddle Creek studio album. The three-person crew, whose current incarnation includes leader Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott, has tapp

Bright Eyes is eyeing a spring 2007 release for its next Saddle Creek studio album. The three-person crew, whose current incarnation includes leader Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott, has tapped artists like Gillian Welch, Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss and M. Ward to contribute to the as-yet-untitled set.

According to a spokesperson, the group is whittling down 25-30 songs to 10-12 for the final track list. Oberst and company have already laid down basic tracks in Portland, Ore., and New York, and will regroup for one more session on the artist's native Omaha, Neb., within the next few weeks.

The new album will be the follow-up to 2005's separately released projects "I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning" and "Digital Ash in a Digital Urn," the former of which reached a career-best No. 10 spot on The Billboard 200.

The lone show on Bright Eyes' schedule at deadline is a June 16 appearance at the Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, Tenn. Oberst recently performed in New York as part of the Bring 'Em Home Now concert, alongside Michael Stipe, Moby and Rufus Wainwright.